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Facebook, Google and others come together to set benchmarks for AI

A consortium of 40 tech companies, including the likes of Facebook and Google, have come together to release a set of evaluation benchmarks for AI. By measuring AI products against these benchmarks, companies in the field will be able to identify opt… Source: Engadget | Facebook, Google and others come together to set benchmarks for …

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Facebook tests controls that turn off those angry red notification dots

Red may be an attention-grabbing color, but too much of it can trigger anxiety. You might soon see a lot less of the hue on Facebook. The company is testing the ability to turn off the crimson in-app notification dots that seem to pop up every time y… Source: Engadget | Facebook tests controls that …

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Facebook will show who uploaded your contact info for targeted ads

Facebook has taken some steps to prevent companies from recklessly using your data for targeted ads, but now it might put pressure on them to come clean. As of February 28th, Facebook's "why am I seeing this ad?" button will show who (if anyone) upl… Source: Engadget | Facebook will show who uploaded your contact …

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Facebook's head of PR leaves amid ongoing crises

Facebook is seemingly bouncing from crisis to crisis. It might not be happy, then, that the company's leading communications exec is heading for the exit. Recode has learned that Technology Communications VP Caryn Marooney (pictured at right) is le… Source: Engadget | Facebook's head of PR leaves amid ongoing crises

Twitter banned 2,600 Iran-linked accounts for election meddling

Since September, Twitter has suspended 2,617 accounts linked to Iran, it said in a report on its US midterm election efforts. Some of the accounts claimed they were American news outlets and discussed US political and social issues. Twitter claims it… Source: Engadget | Twitter banned 2,600 Iran-linked accounts for election meddling

Apple restores Google's internal iOS apps

Apple has restored Google's access to its internal iOS apps, including pre-release beta versions of Maps, Hangouts and Gmail, as well as employee-only apps for the company's cafes and buses. Apple temporarily banned Google from running the apps on Th… Source: Engadget | Apple restores Google's internal iOS apps

To Facebook, your privacy is worth a $20 gift card

Another day, another Facebook controversy. The latest backlash follows a TechCrunch report that the company was secretly paying teenagers to access their data and basically monitor their every move on the web. Facebook was asking people to install a… Source: Engadget | To Facebook, your privacy is worth a gift card

Apple Shut Down All of Facebook's Internal Apps When Revoking Enterprise Certificate

Facebook is no longer able to use or distribute important internal iOS apps after Apple disabled the Enterprise Certificate Facebook was abusing to surreptitiously gather data from iOS users right under Apple’s nose. Since 2016, Facebook has been paying teens and adults $20 per month to install a data gathering “Facebook Research” app that harvested …

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Apple bans Facebook from running internal iOS apps following data misuse

Apple isn't taking chances just because Facebook is shutting down the iOS version of its controversial research app. The company told Recode in a statement that it was revoking the enterprise certificates Facebook had been using to distribute the so… Source: Engadget | Apple bans Facebook from running internal iOS apps following data misuse

Facebook to Shut Down Controversial iOS Market Research App as Apple Revokes Certificate [Updated]

Facebook has said it will end a controversial market research program in which the company paid users to install a mobile app that tracked their activity and data. In a statement given to TechCrunch and other websites, the company said that its “Facebook Research” app, which paid volunteers between the ages of 13 and 35 …

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Facebook Paying Teens $20/Month to Install Data Harvesting VPN App on iPhones

Apple in August 2018 forced Facebook to remove its Onavo VPN app from the App Store, because Facebook was using it to track user activity and data across multiple apps, something that violate’s Apple’s App Store policies. As it turns out, Facebook has found an underhanded way to skirt Apple’s rules and get people to …

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Instagram adds walkie-talkie voice messages

You no longer have to strike up a live conversation if you want voice chats on Instagram — the social network has launched walkie-talkie style voice messaging feature for direct messages. If you want to speak your mind, you only have to hold down a… Source: Engadget | Instagram adds walkie-talkie voice messages

How to Purge Social Media 'Friends' So You Can Have Fun Online Again

It now seems to be a truth universally acknowledged that social media is bad—bad for our well-being and privacy, too much of a time-sink, and so on. But does it have to be? Can it be made good? Or, slightly less bad? Shaking up who you follow and share with can do wonders for your …

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